Birmingham's Newest Performance Series

ARTWORKS@THEDJD

The DJD Theater is proud to present the ArtWorks@TheDJD Series. This professional performance season is dedicated to presenting award-winning national and regional artists that reflect our community with diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of our programming. 

ArtWorks@TheDJD grew out of an experimental artist grant project undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural digital series was a huge success. It provided commissioning grants to local artists and provided the community free access to the works during a time when most performing venues were closed.

This season features four award-winning national theater and musical acts you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets today:

ArtWorks@TheDJD is made possible in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Friday-Saturday, September 16-17, 2022, 7:30 PM

Imagine having another chance to see Luther Vandross in concert…

There may never be another singer quite like Vandross, but no other voice comes quite as close as that of Ruben Studdard—the remarkable singer hailed as the “next Luther” during his American Idol run.

The audience will be treated to timeless hits featuring the same vocals and music as Vandross, providing the closest experience to seeing the legend live in concert..

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This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Dating in the Deep South by Dawn Larsen with Special Guest Janet Simpson

Saturday, November 5, 2022, 7:30 PM

A night of powerful female songwriting and storytelling. And to get the party rolling, all ticket holders receive a complimentary drink on the house! 

Folk musician Dawn Larsen makes her Alabama debut with her award winning show. A poignant comedy, highlighting 10 lessons (and one bonus lesson!) learned on a journey of discovery of who she is, what she wants, and that love is her divine right. Dawn Larsen is the 2020 National Artist of the Year, St. Louis Fringe Festival and the 2018 Rock House Songwriting Competition Winner. With special guest Janet Simpson, a beloved Birmingham based singer-songwriter Wide Open Country identified as “a brilliant genre-defying wordsmith with razor-sharp songwriting.”

Friday, March 10, 2023, 7:30 PM

For this 50th anniversary celebration, Pilobolus questions its own “givens,” turns its traditions sideways, and brings its past into the future. As fresh and vibrant as ever, Pilobolus –that feisty arts organism– puts the “Oh!” in ​BIG FIVE OH!​, and continues to morph its way thrillingly into audiences’ hearts and minds.

The celebration includes signature works from vintage classics to their trend setting innovative work in shadow. Over the past 50 years, Pilobolus has performed around the globe in events ranging from the Oscars to the Olympics and collaborated with some of the world’s greatest influencers and creators.   

Thursday, march 23, 2023, 7:30 PM

Anton Nel, one of the world’s most accomplished classical pianist makes his Birmingham debut. Winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to enjoy a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

Highlights of Mr. Nel’s four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. (He has an active repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra.) An acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Anton Nel has performed the concerto cycle several times, most notably on two consecutive evenings with the Cape Philharmonic in 2005.

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Cristal Laraé Brister: THE LOVE BETWEEN US

Friday-Saturday, June 9-10, 2023, 7:30 PM & Sunday, June 11, 2023, 2:00 PM

The Love Between Us explores the story of one woman’s profound love for her daughter and the inexplicable joy and soul-shattering heartbreak that comes along with loving a child she did not birth. Pieces from her past emerge as she navigates a life she is both grateful for and swore to never live.

This one-woman show peels back the layers to reveal the inner workings of a beautiful, complex, and often unexplored relationship. The Love Between Us is a story of family, identity, and of course, love.

It asks the age-old question, “What do you do when life doesn’t turn out the way you planned?” but with a twist…

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

ArtWorks@TheDJD is sponsored in part by Alabama State Council on the Arts, V94.9 FM, Jemison Investment, Styslinger Foundation/ALTEC, and Starnes Media.

Please consider making a small donation to help us continue bringing these programs to our community:

“With the ArtWorks@TheDJD  series, the DJD Theater is proud to launch a professional series of top national and regional acts that reflect the diversity and talent of the people of Alabama.

John Manzelli
Director of the DJD Theater

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